Childs determined to come back

  • Updated: August 7, 2012 - 7:00 AM

Staff writers Dan Wiederer and Mark Craig blog at Access Vikings on startribune.com. Here is Mark's report from Monday:

Childs determined to come back

MANKATO - The odds are stacked heavily against rookie receiver Greg Childs ever playing a down in the NFL.

"Just in talking with Eric Sugarman, our head [athletic] trainer, and his staff, they only know of only one other case before this when a player ruptured both patellar tendons on the same play," Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Monday, two days after Childs went down and out for the season on the second-to-last play of Saturday night's scrimmage. "That was Wendell Davis a number of years ago."

Davis got both legs caught in the Astroturf at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium in 1993. Davis had led the Bears in receiving the previous three years with 154 catches for 2,251 yards and 11 touchdowns, but he never played again. After spending the 1994 season trying to build his knees back to an NFL level, Davis made a brief and failed comeback attempt with the Colts in training camp in 1995.

Childs had his surgeries Monday. According to Frazier, Childs vowed to work just as hard to return this time as he did after tearing his right patellar tendon as a junior at Arkansas. Childs returned for his senior season, although the injury slowed his productivity.

"He was distraught, as you would expect," Frazier said of his conversation with Childs. "It's hard. But he really had a frame of mind ... where he really feels he's going to be able to bounce back from this. That was his attitude and the words that he shared with me. 'Coach, I'll be back. I'll do just like I did before. ... I'll be back to help the Vikings.'"

The Vikings placed Childs on injured reserve and re-signed undrafted rookie free agent receiver A.J. Love.

Nothing to see here

Adrian Peterson's trip to Houston was brief and nondescript. The Vikings running back made his court appearance Monday morning in connection with his July 7 arrest on charges of resisting arrest. Yet little of significance happened as the prosecution requested more time to review the case, with pretrial dates then set for Sept. 27 and Nov. 15.

Peterson should return to the field Tuesday to resume his off-to-the-side rehabilitation work on his left knee. He is also unlikely to miss any future time with the team due to his legal proceedings. If his case lasts until the next court date, Peterson will not be required to attend. The subsequent November date would occur during the Vikings' Week 11 bye.

Sherels top punt returner

Although Marcus Sherels' spot on the final roster is in jeopardy, special teams coach Mike Prieffer said he's still the team's No. 1 punt returner at this point. Prieffer also will use rookie Jarius Wright, receiver Bryan Walters and possibly rookie cornerback Josh Robinson in Friday's preseason opener at San Francisco. Robinson is in the early stages of returning from a hamstring injury.

As for kickoff returner, Prieffer said No. 1 returner Percy Harvin has earned the right not to have to return kicks in a preseason opener. Sherels, Wright, Walters, Robinson and possibly receiver Stephen Burton will return kicks on Friday night.

Etc.

• It has been a year since middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley has seen live action. He tried to play through a hip injury early on in last year's preseason, but ended up having season-ending hip surgery.

"I'm kind of like a kid at a birthday party," Brinkley said when asked about Friday night's game. "Just blessed to continue going out and play."

• Frazier said running back Toby Gerhart will be "limited for sure" Friday night.

"Toby doesn't seem like a guy who is ready to settle for being a backup running back, which is a good thing," Frazier said. "He's preparing himself as if he's going to start against Jacksonville [in the season opener]."

Frazier said he'll take a look at all the healthy running backs and also has plans to try and get some carries for fullbacks Matt Asiata and Ryan D'Imperio.

• Frazier said right guard Geoff Schwartz will have his sports hernia surgery Tuesday and could be out anywhere from four to 10 weeks. He also said that doesn't necessarily mean the right guard job has been won by Brandon Fusco. Chris DeGeare and Joe Berger will get looks at right guard as well.

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